Hathor Sails Home For The Winter

October 18th, 2018

Wherry Hathor has had a busy summer moored down at the staithe, where she has welcomed over eight thousand visitors on board. It is lovely having Hathor at How Hill. She makes the riverside even more picturesque than usual, and even from the house her mast and Jenny Morgan (wind vane) can be seen poking up above the trees. Hathor’s skipper Peter Bower becomes an honorary member of the How Hill team and can be found most mornings drinking coffee in the office with Sam the dog at his feet. But like the swallows which circle over Fisherman’s Field, Peter and Hathor are seasonal visitors. On a quiet Saturday in late September she sailed off down the river and back to her permanent moorings at Wherry Yacht Charter’s base in Wroxham.

It takes a lot of work to keep a historic boat like Hathor afloat and this winter she will be pulled out of the water for some essential maintenance. A team will clean the hull and scrape off the zebra mussels which have attached themselves. Any decayed planks will be replaced and then the whole boat will be prepared and treated with fresh coats of paint, varnish or linseed oil. Luckily Wherry Yacht Charter have a fantastic team of volunteers who seem to revel with sandpaper in hand!

Hathor will return to How Hill next May – September when she will be open for public viewing, chartered sailings and school visits.

 

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Looking Back at a Brilliant Summer

September 9th, 2018

When the school visits stop the house and grounds are opened up for a range of public events. Our four Family Fun Days were attended by a record 520 guests who made many wondrous crafts and took part in lots of exciting nature-based activities. Wherry Hathor has been visited by over 8000 people since she moored up at How Hill staithe at the beginning of May. The tea room served over 4000 scones and pieces of homemade cake to thousands of hungry customers. The house and gardens have seen numerous private parties and the darkest nooks and crannies were thoroughly explored on the Heritage Open Days. Lively theatre group The Pantaloons performed on the field and a residential art group enjoyed the beautiful view from the house.

A real highlight of the summer was our sailing holiday on board Ardea – the largest and grandest pleasure wherry ever built. The intrepid party of Broads fans travelled over six days from Wroxham to finally arrive in Norwich, where Ardea had not been seen for nearly sixty years.

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Tearoom Open Every Day All Summer

July 17th, 2018

From this weekend until Sunday the 9th of September the How Hill tearoom will be open every day from 11am to 4pm.

We serve a delicious selection of homemade cakes which may include chocolate and orange, local blackberry drizzle, bakewell slice, trillionaire’s shortbread, fruit and guinness, Victoria sponge, coffee and walnut and ginger cake. There is usually a dairy free and gluten free option. We also sell freshly made scones and sandwiches, local ice creams and hot and cold drinks.

The tearoom is located in the wooden building to the rear of How Hill House, and is signposted from the public car park.

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How Hill Gardener Appeals To Seed Thieves

June 18th, 2018

Every year thousands of people enjoy free access to How Hill’s splendid Secret Gardens, but recently a few people have been abusing the privilege. Chris Tubby, How Hill’s hardworking gardener, has had great success in the last few years growing Himalayan Blue Poppies. These unusual flowers are a stunning sky blue, but are notoriously tricky to propagate. Chris keeps a couple of raised beds especially for these fussy beauties, but when he went to inspect them today he was shocked to discover that their precious seed heads had been stolen!

”I can’t believe it” exclaimed Chris (62). ”It’s such a pointless thing to do because those seeds won’t even germinate. They need to ripen on the plant then be frozen for a few months first. It’s such a waste and it means that there may not be any new plants next year.  Please stop doing it!”

How Hill staff are shocked and saddened.

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Magnificent Secret Gardens In Bloom!

May 17th, 2018

As you wander down the woodland path towards the gardens you can smell the scent from the flowers before you even catch a glimpse of their glorious colours through the trees. For a few weeks in May the azaleas and rhododendrons set this hidden garden ablaze with their vibrant display. Specimen trees, shrubs and interesting plants such as the Himalayan blue poppy can also been seen.

A free map and guide to the Secret Gardens can be collected near the entrance, or you can read it here.

The gardens are free to visit, but a donation towards their upkeep would be much appreciated.

Don’t forget your camera!

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Pleasure Wherry Hathor Returns to How Hill

May 10th, 2018

The beautiful Edwardian pleasure wherry will spend the summer moored up at How Hill staithe, where she will be open to the public for much of the time. Hathor (pronounced “heart-or”) was built in 1905 in Reedham. She was designed by Edward Boardman, who also designed and lived in How Hill house.

Hathor is now owned and maintained by Wherry Yacht Charter. For more detailed information about her history please visit their website.

If you enjoy Hathor then you would love Ardea – the largest and most magnificent wherry ever built! This August the How Hill Trust is running a unique holiday break. Stay at How Hill house and sail on board Ardea from Wroxham to Norwich stopping at How Hill, Womack, Great Yarmouth, Cantley and Brundall. Full details here.

 

 

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Spring Cleaning Fever Hits How Hill

April 5th, 2018

It all started when we decided to repaint the office. How Hill is a busy organisation and the office is a place for planning, eating, working, filing, storing equipment and collecting craft materials. The walls showed at least three different colours and bore the scars of many past fixtures and fittings. Over two hectic days the office was transformed in a frenzy of ruthless de-cluttering, filing, sanding and painting and it is now a serene haven of organisation and productivity. Well, it is at least all the same colour.

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Beast From The East Hits How Hill

March 6th, 2018

Children from Wymeswold Church of England Primary School got snowed in at How Hill as drifts blocked the roads… what an adventure!

The group arrived on Monday morning and soon began their 2 ½ day programme of activities including dyke dipping, exploring the reserve, boating to Barton Broad, thatching, visiting Toad Hole Cottage Museum, dissecting owl pellets, orienteering and environmental art. On Tuesday the snow started falling and we made sure that the children were well wrapped up with plenty of time to play outside and enjoy the novelty weather conditions. How Hill is beautiful at any time of year, but in the snow it is magical.

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2018 Events Programme Out Now

January 19th, 2018

There are so many fantastic public events happening at How Hill  this year. Download a printable version of our events brochure here or visit our events pages to find out more, check availability and view pictures.

Beware! Some events sell out extremely quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.

 

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We have an exciting new telescope

January 15th, 2018

Thanks to a kind donation from Saffron Housing we have been able to buy a super duper new computerised telescope. It’s so new we haven’t had the chance to play with it yet, but we are looking forward to discovering the wonders of the universe alongside children from visiting schools.

As we are so far from any large settlements the skies around How Hill are wonderfully dark. The telescope will be set up in our sunroom and it will display its images on our tv so everybody can enjoy the view.

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